Counting the Risks: Pedestrian Safety in Harbord Village

On June 12, 30 volunteers counted wrong-way traffic and incomplete stops at Harbord Village intersections to better understand the risks to pedestrian safety. We spent from 7am to 10am and from 3pm to 7pm at eight residential street corners and the Harbord-Robert crosswalk. We recorded over 6000 events and were shocked at what we saw: 54 incidents of wrong-way driving, rolling stops nearly half the time at stop signs, and more than a third incomplete stops at the crosswalk.

Read the HVRA letter sent to City Council asking for enforcement of existing laws, new street design and signage, a systematic and rigorous study of the issues, and education of the public about existing laws.

To express your own concerns, write Mayor John Tory (mayor_tory@toronto.ca) and Ward 20 Councillor Joe Cressy (councillor_cressy@toronto.ca).To reach all councillors, write clerk@citytoronto.ca, item EX35.26. The HVRA Transportation Committee can be reached at transportation@harbordvillage.com.

This initiative follows up a study by U of T Engineering students, and parallels other local initiatives to slow down traffic through speed humps and in-ground street planters.

For groups wanting to do similar studies, the Transportation Committee has supplied a How-To description, and also the check-off form used by volunteers.